On Trayvon

The two sides, according to social media, appear to be: 1) there is no justice in a young man being approached by a man with a gun, confronted and ultimately killed with no conviction of the older man vs., 2) the evidence didn’t support a guilty verdict so don’t be mad about the outcome.

The story is the same, the known facts leading to these two positions are available to each side, so how to the two opinions differ so greatly? It’s the lens.

The first lens is impacted by generations of disenfranchisement and hurt. This country has a history in the area of racial justice that is simply not good. Some things have been corrected, but the remnant of our heritage is deep in the core of those who have been impacted by the offenses. If any one of us hasn’t lived through that, we can’t fully understand that but at least we can attempt to allow for that. Maybe even try to reconcile that.

The other lens has a heritage which has not experienced the same kind of systemic abuse. Without intimate exposure to injustice which extends beyond anecdotal, there is no way to appreciate the distrust, hurt and anger. Justice through the system holds a different level of expectation and trust.

Who’s right? Maybe neither, maybe both; what does it matter? The choice for each perspective is what to do with it. Where there is hurt and grieving, grieve with those that grieve. Where there is offense, forgive. Or not, and we all retain the status quo which apparently is not entirely healthy.

I have opinions on the facts as I know them and the verdict as I understand it but they aren’t really important. What is important is how I relate to people who I have the opportunity to relate with and that I do so with some understanding.

4 thoughts on “On Trayvon

  1. I understand there is a concentrated liberal bias from most of the news coverage on the part of the media. Anecdotal exposure to the facts is one thing, people are going to hear and see what they want to, but many only get the pervasive exposure through their slanted lens.

    • Thank you for this post! I have not joined the dialog with others on either side because I found it fruitless. Would I ever get someone to see it from my viewpoint? Doubtful. You hit the nail head on: It is the lens through which we look.

      Your words and remind me of, and expound upon, what the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13:12-13:
      “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
      And now abideth faith, hope, [love], these three; but the greatest of these is [love].”

      Regardless of our lens, instead of propagating the argument, we should be seeking to understand, because yes, there is still a lot of pain. A lot of trauma. A lot that cannot be forgotten – on either side.

      Thank you so much for sharing!

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